Varla Eagle One Electric Scooter Review

Nely Hayes
25 August 2021

 

An all-terrain beast that climbs 30-degrees inclines with unbelievable ease, offers an exceptional range of 40 miles and reaches speeds of up to 40 MPH to crush the competition.

Excellent suspension, mind-blowing speed and versatility all in one package! This is exactly what the Varla Eagle One offers you. This all-terrain electric scooter comes equipped with powerful dual 1000W motors that enable it to deliver one of the smoothest rides in its class. But is that all there is to love about this powerful machine? We explore more on what makes Eagle One the perfect partner for both off-road adventures and urban commutes!

Varla Eagle One: The Lowdown…

The Varla Eagle One is a performance electric scooter with incredible range and one of the few electric scooters that can hit the 40-mph mark. This remarkable speed is made possible by two powerful motors fitted onto each of its wheels. The motors draw power from a massive 56V 18.2AH lithium-ion battery, which packs enough juice to keep the scooter running for 40 miles on a single charge.

The traverse capabilities of the Eagle One are limitless. Thanks to an independent suspension system and pneumatic tyres, the scooter runs smoothly on both even and uneven terrain. For an even greater comfort index, it features a massive sandpaper-textured deck, spacious enough to accommodate multiple standing positions.

On safety, the Varla Eagle One features dual hydraulic disc brakes that cusp each wheel. These brakes work the same way as a bicycle’s. Ideally, the rear hydraulic one is first engaged to slow the electric scooter down, before engaging both brakes to bring it to a complete halt. Finally, Eagle One comes with two LED lights each on the rear and front for visibility at night.

Varla Eagle One Specifications

MotorDual, 1000W hub motors
Battery52V 18.2Ah Lithium-ion battery
Charge Time4-5 hours on two chargers, 8-9 hours on a single charger
Single-Charge Mileage40 miles
Max Speed40 mph/65kph
Climbing Range30 degrees (varies depending on charge state and weight of the rider)
Braking SystemFront and rear hydraulic brakes
LightingLED headlight and taillight
HornBell
Max Load330 pounds / 150kg
Scooter Weight77 pounds / 35kg
Product MaterialAluminium alloy
Tyre TypePneumatic 10 inch tyres
SuspensionFront and rear independent suspension systems
Size (L x W x H, cm)Unfolded Size: Not specified (LxWxH)

Folded Size: 50.4 x 25.5 x 20.1 (inches) (LxWxH)
Water ResistanceIP54 water resistance rating

Varla Eagle One Review Video

Check out the following quick video review of the Varla Eagle One. In summary, this is a proven all-terrain performer that’s available for a bargain price for its features. It handles itself quite comfortably at its top speed and equally graciously off-road:

Varla Eagle One Pros

Powerful dual motors

Advanced independent coil suspension

Dual hydraulic brakes

Long range 

Safety gear included in the box

Varla Eagle One Cons

Higher maintenance pneumatic tyres

Heavy

 

 

Varla Eagle One Summary

It’s rare to find a scooter manufacturer that includes safety gear and personalisation items as standard in the scooter’s box. This was the thing that impressed us first when we got hold of a Varla Eagle One to test. In the box, the machine comes with protective pads for knees, elbows, and palms, as well as three extra grip tapes that rock funky designs. But that’s just half the story!

With a peak power output from its two motors reaching 3200W, Eagle One easily fits into the performance scooter’s club. These powerful motors push Eagle One to an enviable top speed of 40 mph. To tame this exhilarating speed, the machine comes with a two-speed setting, which allows the rider to toggle between eco-mode and fast-mode. Moreover, the powerful motors come to life when tackling elevated terrains, as this electric scooter can comfortably scale a 30-degree incline.

But the Eagle One is more than just a speedster; it also commands a respectable 40-mile range on a single charge. This is made possible by the 52V 18.2AH lithium-ion battery tucked under its deck. To reach full capacity, the electric scooter will need around 8-9 hours of charging. However, this duration can be shortened by half if you add an extra charger to the grid.

Apart from the brute force and lightning speed, Varla Eagle One also dons one of the sweetest looks you will find on a scooter. Particularly, the black finish with bits of red on the handlebars, stem, and suspension props make for an exquisite look. Additionally, the independent suspension gives it a sporty look when viewed from the side. On the handlebars, a stylish LED display panel supplies information on the current speed, distance travelled, battery level, and speed mode.

Capping off this electric scooter’s functionality and style is comfort and safety. The independent dual-suspension ensures a smooth ride on all terrains. Working in tandem with the suspension to give the rider maximum comfort and grip are two 10-inch, air-filled tyres that help the e-scooter glide over bumps and holes with ease.

For safety, the Varla Eagle One comes fitted with dual hydraulic brakes, coupled with an anti-lock braking system; both systems working together bring the scooter to a safe halt—even at a speed of 40 mph. Engineers at Varla were however cognisant that brakes alone do not guarantee safety. For this reason, the Eagle One rocks a massive deck, fitted with replaceable grip tapes to not only assure riders of comfort but also stability.

While its price is three times that of most entry-level electric scooters, it is worth every penny! In a nutshell, this is the perfect scooter for experienced users who want an adrenaline rush, comfort, style and safety.

Varla Eagle One electric scooter

Speed & Acceleration

In Eco Mode, the Varla Eagle One engages only one motor. This results in a steady and gradual acceleration, thereby giving you ample time to adjust to the changing speed. On the other hand, Turbo Mode is more suitable for the experienced rider, as both the scooter’s motors will be working simultaneously. The resultant bust of power is strong enough to send the scooter careening into a wheelie under an inexperienced rider.

For people who need to cover long distances in a short time, the Varla Eagle One is an ideal commute partner worth considering.

    Top Speed

    The Varla Eagle One maxes out at a mind-blowing 40 mph. For a vehicle that is supported by two 10-inch wheels, this experience can border on terror. It may take a lot of practice and experience to fully control a scooter at such a speed. Luckily, it has a two-speed setting for those who may not be comfortable with its blistering pace.

      Hill Climbing

      The Varla Eagle One is one of the few electric scooters on the market that makes light work of hilly terrains. Its dual 1000W motors make hill climbing such a breeze.

      One of the biggest drawbacks of riding electric scooters on hilly terrains is rapidly deteriorating battery range and life. However, with the Varla Eagle One, this is not a cause for concern, thanks to its powerful 52V battery and regenerative braking system, which intermittently sends electricity back to the scooter.

      By the numbers, the Varla Eagle One electric scooter can comfortably ride over a 30-degree incline with unnoticeable power loss.

      Battery & Range

      The Varla Eagle One rocks a 52V lithium-ion battery. Apart from powering the LED display unit and the LED lights, it also ensures that the e-scooter can cover up to 40 miles on a single charge. To put this into clearer perspective, most electric scooters can only achieve a 15-mile range on a single charge.

      The Varla Eagle One also has a unique feature reserved for a select few high-performance scooters, which is its dual-charging system. The battery will take 8-9 hours to fully recharge if using a single charger. However, with the introduction of a second charger, this time is reduced to 4-5 hours, a time saver especially for daily commuters.

       

      Motor Configuration

      The Varla Eagle One has two 1000W hub motors fitted onto each of its wheels. These motors churn out a massive 3200W of power collectively. However, they can be engaged individually for a slower and more stable ride.

      With a top speed of 40 mph, Eagle One sits pretty with the best scooters on the market. Not only is its motor perfect for speed, but it also produces enough torque for off-roading and hill climbing.

       

        Varla Eagle One electric scooter folded

        Performance Overview

        One standout feature of the Varla Eagle One scooter is its powerful dual motors. Strategically positioned on the front and back wheels are two 1000W hub motors that collectively churn out an enviable 3200W of power. This raw power is the reason behind Varla’s astonishing 40 mph speed.

        But the dual motors haven’t just been perfected for speed; they are also a gem when it comes to hill-climbing. While most scooters will stutter on inclines above 15 degrees, the Eagle One easily gets over inclines of 30 degrees.

        Thanks to its independent dual-suspension system, this electric scooter boasts a very smooth ride on all terrains. Comfort has not been compromised, either; the grip-tape-fitted deck is spacious enough to accommodate a side-to-side standing position even for bigger riders.

        The dual hydraulic brakes fitted onto each wheel give the e-scooter much-needed stopping power—even when riding at 40 mph. For improved stability at this high speed, the Varla Eagle One employs a subtle but essential feature that gently holds the handlebar at a forward-facing position to prevent sudden sideways movement.

        Construction & Quality

        Like most electric scooters, the Varla Eagle One’s frame is made of aluminium alloy. Its rigid structure and 77 pounds of weight give the e-scooter a premium feel. The handlebars have a wider berth when compared to most scooters. They assume a curved shape, like a bicycle’s, and this enhances the scooter’s ergonomics and manoeuvrability.

        The wheels—although high-maintenance—ooze class and quality. The LED lights and display console feel premium, unlike the flimsy plastic accessories found on most cheap scooters today.

        Overall, the Varla Eagle One is a premium scooter with lots of quality accessories and enviable build quality.

        Varla Eagle One electric scooter brake

        Suspension & Comfort

        This electric scooter comes fitted with a dual-suspension system. Each wheel has an independently swinging spring-coil suspension that is anchored in place by a heavy-duty swingarm. The swingarm allows for minor tweaks to adjust the firmness of the spring coil to the user’s preferences. Additionally, it gives the e-scooter a rugged and sporty look that is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

        Ride Quality

        It is easy to discern the comfort level you can expect from the Varla Eagle One just by looking at it. This versatile scooter is made to handle both rough terrain and smooth surfaces. The easy-to-adjust, independent suspension allows for terrain-responsive customisation and smoother rides.

        The 10-inch pneumatic tyres also allow for minor deflation/inflation to improve the ride quality, depending on the terrain. Additionally, the Varla Eagle One has an allowance for seat installation, which is handy for long commutes.

        Varla Eagle One display

        Lights

        To illuminate the path ahead at night, the Varla Eagle One uses a strong LED headlight with a lifespan of over 30K hours. It also features a brake light, both for visibility and to signal other drivers on the road.

        The front light and taillight are strategically placed on the ends of the deck, which protects them from physical damage.

        Braking

        To safely bring a two-wheeler to a stop from a speed of 40 mph, you will need an advanced braking system. For this function, the Varla Eagle one has a dual-hydraulic braking system. Each wheel has an independently controlled hydraulic brake.

        The workings of the brakes are like those found on bicycles. To engage the rear brake, the rider must press the lever on the left side of the handlebar. The right-hand-side lever controls the front brake.

        However, there is a danger of falling after the snap response from pressing the brake levers. As such, inexperienced riders are recommended to first engage the rear brake, then engage both brakes once the e-scooter has slowed to reduce the possibility of fall-related injuries. Even so, this should not be a deterrent in getting this brilliant scooter, as it just takes some getting used to.

        Additionally, the Varla Eagle One uses ingenious regenerative braking and an ABS to counter the possibility of sudden stops from locked wheels.

        Varla Eagle One scooter

        Portability

        It’s tedious to carry the Varla Eagle One manually due to its massive weight. However, given its off-roading abilities, you are less likely to find yourself carrying it by hand—except for short distances on staircases or when loading it into the boot of your car.

        While the e-scooter features an easy-fold mechanism, it lacks a latch to hold the base and stem together. This means riders will need to carry it by its deck, which is cumbersome, considering its massive 77-pound weight. However, you will be relieved to know that Varla offers a fixable latch as one of the selectable gifts when you buy their Eagle One.

        Tyres

        Since this is a high-performance electric scooter, it is only logical that the tyres are pneumatic, rather than solid, flat-free ones.

        This Varla scooter has two 10-inch pneumatic tyres that gracefully handle uneven terrain. The advantage of having air-filled tyres is they absorb shocks much better than their solid counterparts. This is proven by Varla’s smooth ride on uneven ground.

        Deck

        The deck is one of the most noticeable features of the Varla Eagle One electric scooter. From the onset, it is clear that Varla spent quite some time on it while designing the scooter. The surface is covered with grip tapes, and you get three extra ones at no extra cost. Unlike rubber finishes, these tapes are replaceable, meaning that the Varla scores extremely high on durability and requires little maintenance.

        To cap it all off, the deck measures a whopping 21.6” x 9.1”, which is spacious enough to accommodate both side-by-side and toe-to-heel standing positions.

        Varla Eagle One deck

        Controls & Display

        The control dials are ergonomically placed on the bicycle-like handlebars, which not only offers greater customisation options but is also a welcome sight from the traditional straight handlebar common on most scooters. An LCD console sits prominently on the left side of the handlebar, with the ignition slot fixed next to it.

        Fortunately, the Varla Eagle One rocks a QS-S4 finger-throttle display, which packs a myriad of functions under your thumb. It is bright enough so that you won’t need to strain your eyes on sunny days. The signals are also large enough to read from a standing position—even when in motion!

        Some of the important data shown on the display include the battery level, speed, current gear, current mileage, and total mileage. The best part of this display unit is its functionality. There is a USB port, which can double as a charging port (although this is not recommended). On top of that, it has two buttons and finger throttle.

        The red power button switches the scooter on and off. The second button is by far the more exciting one. It serves a variety of functions, from choosing the ride mode, adjusting the regenerative brakes, and adjusting the LCD brightness, to activating the cruise-control function.

        However, while the Varla Eagle One has a high water-resistance rating, the same cannot be said of the QS-S4 display unit. Due to this, you are recommended not to head out when it’s raining.

        Additional controls on the handlebars include two brake levers fitted on either side, a bell positioned to the right, and a single/dual motor switch, also perched on the right side.

        Water Resistance

        To lay claim to the title of the “ultimate off-roading beast,” the Varla Eagle One boasts an IP54 water-resistance rating. This means that it can wade through puddles and pools without getting water damaged. However, the QS-S4 LCD display is not protected against heavy rains. For this reason, riders are recommended not to set out during a downpour.

        Reliability

        This is hands down one of the most reliable electric scooters on the market. Every inch of it feels premium and the workmanship is on another level. The Varla Eagle One is a sturdy and premium product, designed to last through years of hard use.

        Warranty & Customer Support

        You will be pleased to learn that Varla has a resolute customer-support team, ready to serve you, should you have any issues with the product. Choose from various customer support services available, including a phone number that is available from 9 AM-6 PM on weekdays. There is also a responsive team, ready to address queries via email. Finally, their website features several self-service options, such as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, guides, order tracking, and a downloadable manual for all their products.

        As part of their post-sales service, Varla extends a two-year warranty for its products upon purchase. The warranty is valid from the moment the client completes their order online and is not transferable.

        Under this warranty, manufacturing defects on the throttle, controller, and frame are covered for 24 months with free maintenance. There is a 12-month warranty period for manufacturing defects on the motor, battery, and charger. These parts are also subject to free maintenance.

        The manufacturer also extends a one-month (or 100 km) warranty for all manufacturing defects on the fenders, kickstand, inner tube, and brake pad. There is also a free replacement for the aforementioned parts during the warranty period.

        However, the warranty excludes damages from wear and tear through normal use and aesthetic damage.

        Known Issues

        Despite the manufacturer’s counterclaims, many users have complained about the lacklustre performance of the Varla Eagle One’s headlight. User reviews show that it is not as bright as advertised by the manufacturer. Other than that, the Varla Eagle One is solid all around.

        Maintenance

        The Varla Eagle One is subject to the normal electric scooter maintenance routines, which includes:

        • Checking the brakes, tyres, and bolt joints before heading out
        • Proper battery-management practices
        • Proper storage
        • Appropriate usage during severe weather conditions

         

        Varla Eagle One: Is it worth the money and is it worth buying?

        The answer to this question is a resounding yes! The Varla Eagle One is stylish, robust, functional and overall worth every penny. Indeed, you won’t find many more affordable electric scooters in its class—despite offering a lot more functions and features than its competitors. It offers commendable comfort, speed and an enviable range at an attractive price.

        But that’s not all; you get several valuable bonuses upon purchase. Most notably, you get three extra grip tapes, a spare inner tube, and a protective gear set when you buy the Varla Eagle One.

        Author:
        Nely Hayes

        BIO: 

        Nely is an adrenaline junkie and one of her life goals is to sky dive, but until that day she gets her kicks from testing fast electric scooters. Part time scooter fanatic & part time SEO analyst. Nely’s favourite scooter is the Dualtron X.

         
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        • Powerful dual motors
        • Advanced independent coil suspension
        • Dual hydraulic brakes
        • Long range
        • Higher maintenance pneumatic tyres
        • Heavy
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